Here are some more good quotes from the latest issueof Home School Digest. If you would be interested in subscribing you can visit their website at http://www.WisdomsGate.org or http://www.WisGate.com .
Our standard: Steve and Carol Ryerson wrote, "When we are talking about our homeschooling with people who do not understand what we are doing, how do we describe our successes? Do we say things like, ‘Johnny is getting all "A’s"’ or ‘Mary scored in the 98th percentile on her last achievement test’? Do we say things like, ‘Heather got a blue ribbon for her lamb at this year’s county fair’ or ‘Sammy played beautifully at his last piano recital’? These things wouldn’t always be wrong necessarily, but contrast them with this set o f comments: ‘Johnny is learning to be more thorough….Mary is seeing that the LORD can help her overcome her fear of taking tests….Heather is learning so many things about God’s creation as she cares for her lamb….Sammy is learning to be more systematic in his practice.’ The best home education is discipleship at home not school at home. We should be teaching our children to follow the Master. That means He is the standard. He is the place to be. He is the One we follow. He is the One who gives us our identity. He is the basis for comparison, not any institutional school or well-known family" (p. 17).
Public School "Homeschool" Programs: DiAnna Brannan wrote, "All over the nation homeschoolers are knowingly or unknowingly being recaptured by the public school system. Many public schools have created programs that call themselves homeschooling programs. They go by many names: charter school, alternative learning program, independent study program, distance learning program, etc. While we may share the same learning environment with some of these programs–the home–there are significant differences in laws, freedoms, and authority structure. These programs are creating a distorted view of homeschooling. They give officials and lawmakers the false belief that homeschoolers are willing to accept more regulations and oversight in exchange for government handouts. Worst of all, they may encourage others to believe that this is how homeschooling should be conducted….Is it possible the public schools are a thorn in our side? Have their gods become a snare to us? Is God using them to test His people? I say yes! These programs play upon our fears, doubts, selfishness, apathy, and lack of faith. They assure us that we are still homeschooling. They tell us whatever we want to hear. Later, they play an old sales trick called the bait-and-switch" (p. 18).
Liberalism and God: Robert Surgenor wrote, "When I joined the police department in 1982, I found that the overwhelming majority of police officers were extremely conservative….We became police officers because we were tired of bad guys doing things that we would never do, but I often wondered why some people didn’t respect our authority. I wondered why some people followed the rules, and some people didn’t. I also wondered why conservatives were so ‘conservative,’ and liberals so ‘liberal.’ I think I have the answer. The difference between conservatives and liberals is God. That’s right, the major difference in the two philosophies is the presence or absence of a supreme being. This major difference in attitude dictates whether or not we spank our children for misbehavior, believe in or argue against the death penalty, support or protest abortion, and recognize or ignore instructions from the Holy Bible. The conservative relies on and believes in the infinite wisdom of God. The liberal does not" (p. 19).
Education and "neutrality": Buddy Hanson wrote, "Neutrality is not an option. Do Christian parents need to be told that neither education, nor anything else, is neutral? I would certainly not think so, for how could a person who professes to believe in absolutes explain neutrality? When was the last time you had a neutral thought, spoke a neutral word, made a neutral decision, or acted in a neutral manner? NEVER! Every thought, word, decision, and action conforms to what we believe and what we believe is our religion. Public (government) schools are the state’s churches. They are systematically, strategically and diligently evangelizing our children, and the religion to which they are evangelizing them is the opposite of Christianity….While in the eyes of most parents, public (government) schools are failing, in the eyes of their administrators they are succeeding to de-Christianize America of its Godly foundation" (p. 22).
Government education: Harry Browne wrote, "From beginning to end, public education is organized on the concept of compulsion. By means of the property tax, sales tax, and state income tax people are forced to pay for schooling whether they have children or not, whether they agree with what the schools are doing or not. The illusion of having influence through elections, PTA meetings, parent nights, or other legal avenues doesn’t change the truth: we are forced to send our children to particular schools where they are educated and indoctrinated in a particular way. What’s more, the price that American taxpayers have to pay for government schooling has skyrocketed. Twenty-five years ago, the cost of public education per student per year was roughly $2,000. Today it is over $8,000….Why can’t we just improve government programs? The answer is simple: force never works. Not only is coercion morally wrong, unjust and unfair; it is also ineffecient….What is the future of liberty in America? E. B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and other children’s books, once wrote, ‘As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread, and the scene is not desolate.’ You are such people. As long as you and I are dedicated to liberty, the contagion will spread and the future is never hopeless" (pp. 31-32).
Educational choice?: James A. Boyes wrote, "Often I hear from a variety of Christians that education of Christian children should be a matter of parental choice. Christian parents have the choice of whether their children will be educated in public schools, private schools or in the home. Christians who feel this way seem not to discern (or simply ignore) indications in the Scripture concerning this….Is it okay for Christian children to rememberr the Lord on Sunday, but forget He exists Monday through Friday? Why is He forgotten? The Lord is banned from American public schools. He is not allowed to be mentioned, considered, spoken to, during a major portion of the week. The Lord’s intellectual and spiritual influence is limited to Sundays and what little the family may accomplish during devotions at home. Is this situation Biblical?…This question comes to mind concerning this so-called ‘choice’ of education. Does the Bible allow Christian parents the option of allowing their children to be educated with false doctrine by false teachers who ignore and (in many cases) deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Is the education of Christian children really a matter of individual parental choice? Is this freedom of ‘choice’ supported in Scripture? Or rather, does wisdom, knowledge, and instruction begin with the fear of the Lord?" (pp. 35-36).
Separation of knowledge from faith in God: James Bartlett wrote, "It is common knowledge today that serious moral problems exist in many families, churches, schools, colleges, corporations, and the political arena. These problems have academic, moral, and philosophical roots, which reach back centuries, and have been promoted by the systematic separation of knowledge from faith in God. The significant amount of teaching required to equip people with the ability to discern the times and apply Scripture by faith to all areas of life requires diligence in all areas of learning and at all levels of education. In contrast to the moral problems of our day, great success has been seen in academic, moral, and philosophical learning through the modern homeschooling movement, and those in the movement are now seeing the need to reinvent higher education….Secular universities are openly hostile to the Christian worldview…It is clear to many homeschool families that university education needs to be reinvented with a Biblical understanding toward strengthening the family and church" (pp. 37-40).
Moral assaults on today’s school children: David C. Gibbs, Jr., wrote, "One purpose for American’s public schools has always been to promote American culture to the next generation. Forty years ago [when I was in school, WSW], the worldview that was taught viewed morality, work, and citizenship, in a way that was consistent with the Bible. However, times have changed and America’s public schools are now being used to promote a worldview that is often antithetical to the viewpoint of many families, and certainly to the Word of God. This problem can be clearly demonstrated by the public school’s increased emphasis to normalize the sexual activity of students at ever younger ages and to overtly push for student acceptance of homosexuality. While many public school officials argue that they are merely recognizing the behavior patters of students by promoting one particular viewpoint of sexuality, including homosexuality, that explanation begins to fall apart when one considers the general attitude of public schools toward drug and tobacco use. ‘Just say no’ is the prevailing message particularly with regard to smoking. Several decades ago, some schools had outdoor smoking areas for student use, but that practice is now outmoded as schools actively encourage students not to smoke or take drugs, despite the natural tendencies of some teens to experiment with these substances. However, the sexuality message sent by many of these same schools is radically different. Instead of encouraging a ‘just say no’ attitude toward the premature sexualization of students, schools are instead often promoting sexual activity through various official school programs. This inconsistency doesn’t make sense absent an agenda being advanced….Every Christian should be concerned about the value system being inculcated into the next generation of Americans. Will the homosexual assault on public schools succeed or fail? The answer to that question will only be found in each local community as Christians speak up for what we know to be true from the Word of God" (pp. 42-44). I do not wish to be too pessimistic, but from what I have seen, it may be that the homosexual assault on public schools has already succeeded.
Education–Secular or Religious?: Michael Wagner wrote, "The education of children is fundamentally a religious activity. That will surprise many people, but it is nevertheless true. More is imparted to children in education than knowledge and skills; a ‘worldview’ is also imparted to them. All education reflects the worldview of the educator–education cannot be ‘neutral.’ The words ‘religion’ and ‘worldview’ are not necessarily interchangeable, but for the purpose of education they amount to basically the same thing. A religion or worldview is a basic set of assumptions about the meaning of life and the nature of reality. Whether in public school, private school, or homeschool, education takes place within the framework of a set of ideas that defines reality for the educator–the educator’s worldview. That is why Christians should not send their children to public schools, because public schools inculcate the religion (or worldview) of secular humanism. This isn’t necessarily done deliberately [although I do believe that it has come about by design, WSW], but it is the inescapable consequence of education taking place within the secular humanist philosophical framework" (p. 55).
Homeschoolers and marriage: Michael J. McHugh wrote, "In early June 2006, the United States Senate rejected a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that was designed to protect the institution of marriage by defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This legislative proposal was put forth by politicians who were seeking to raise a standard against the growing efforts of those that are intent on redefining marriage to include ‘same sex’ partners. The mere fact that such a bill was even deemed necessary reveals the extent of the current crisis and further clarifies just how intent the forces of darkness are in trying to undermine the God-ordained institution of marriage. As a Christian homeschool dad, I have watched the intensity of the attack upon the foundation of the family in the U. S. and abroad increase significantly in recent years and have sought the Lord’s wisdom as to how to respond….When it comes to defending Christian marriage, homeschool parents would do well to remember that the best way to defend Biblical marriage is for them to diligently keep their marriage vows. One of the primary reasons that the institution of Christian marriage is under attack today is that professing Christians on a massive scale have failed to honor the injunction, ‘What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.’ It is, after all, with well doing that we silence the foolishness of worldly men. Those homeschool parents who are serious about defending the covenant of marriage must, therefore, take a hard look within their own household to ensure that their family is part of the solution and not part of the problem" (p. 57).
Arming Our Children: Andrea Schwarts wrote, "From a very early age, my children were exposed to Bible story books. When they were able to read, I began to study individual books of the Bible (KJV) with them as part of our homeschool curriculum. As we went along, we discussed the issues, implications, and imperatives contained in what R. J. Rushdoony calls ‘God’s Law-Word.’ We wouldn’t take on too big a chunk at any one time–just enough so that we had something to discuss and digest….I’ve had some pretty lively discussions as my children progressed in years, as certain passages of Scripture were used to justify or explain a certain behavior or decision. However, if they were going to cite certain passages from the Bible, I made it a requirement that they had to properly exegete (explain the verse in context) as part of their plea. There were times when I had to back down and reevaluate a particular issue based on their effective argument. This arming process will serve your homeschooled children in good stead when they venture beyond your tutelage into the world of junior college and the university–whether secular or Christian. Every subject and profession, if it is to be truly learned and lived out to the glory of God, must view all tenets, practices, and plicies from a thoroughly Biblical point of view" (p. 66).